Archive for the Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre Category

The Secret to Longevity in Live Entertainment:

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on November 13, 2017 by RobALott

Make it sound like you’ve done it 1000 times.

Make it look like it’s the first time, every time.

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The Truth About Encores

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on October 23, 2017 by RobALott

My uncle was a magician. When someone would ask him to do a trick again, he would say, “The first time is entertainment, the second time is education.”

Often times, when an audience asks us to perform something again, it’s not actually because they want to see it or hear it again, but rather they want to experience that same feeling they had the first time.

The success of an encore performance has more to do with recreating a feeling for our audience than recreating a performance.

Consistency

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre on October 16, 2017 by RobALott

“She is so consistent.”

“Well, at least he’s consistent.”

Consistency is only a compliment if you are consistently good.

My Hope: A Well Functioning Team

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on October 9, 2017 by RobALott

I hope for each of you that one day you’ll have the joy of working on a well functioning team.

Everyone should have the experience, at least once in their lives, being part of a team where trust, candor, commitment, accountability, and attention to results abound.

(The thing is, once you’ve experienced being on a great team, it easily becomes a way of life and is really hard to go back to anything else.)

More Than Creativity and Talent

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on August 28, 2017 by RobALott

Don't ever forget that our craft of theatre and performance involves more than creativity and talent.

It also means being reliable.

Producers and directors will quickly and properly drop an artist—any artist—for failure to remember this truth.

You Are the Greatest Subject

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Quotes, Thoughts on Leadership on August 7, 2017 by RobALott

"We have measured the earth, the stars, and the depths of the seas; we have discovered riverbeds and mountains on the moon. We have built clever machines, and every day we discover something new.… But something, some most important thing, is missing, and we do not know exactly what. We feel bad because we know lots of unnecessary things but do not know the most important—ourselves." -Leo Tolstoy

Learn as much as you can about yourself and don't stop.

Take personality tests, read books on subjects you are most interested in, find ways to get feedback on what you're great at and where your strengths lie.

It's not selfish or egotistical, but it's rather the single greatest contribution you can make to your work, your team, your family, your spouse, the people you lead, your boss, and your friends.

After All…

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on July 24, 2017 by RobALott

Be careful criticizing your director; questioning their motives and decisions.

After all, they did cast you.